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When & Where

  • Orange calendar icon 3 January 2022 - 1 December 2022 ( 420 hours, 36 weeks )
  • Orange map marker icon Online

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Course Code W21DPAD02A

What you will learn

The hybrid (In-College and Online) Access HE Diploma in Creative Digital Media at Morley College London is run in partnership with the London College of Communication (UAL). To assist your application to University you will learn both practical skills and theoretical thinking through exciting, challenging projects, which cover a wide range of modern digital media technologies - all taught in specialist studios with the latest equipment and tutors who are practicing professionals. This course will provide you with the skills and portfolio to make an application to University or Higher Education. You will learn via a combination of in college and online sessions equipping you with the tools to produce a high quality portfolio There are many advantages to learning in an online environment - benefit from ‘anytime-access’ to an archive of course materials, recordings, resources and links to help you with projects and assignments. Gain instant support and answers to questions via forums, receive one to one tutor and peer support. In-college sessions allow you access to specialist equipment and resources. All Morley College students receive a generous discount on Adobe CC Software (see information below) and a free Microsoft Office account with Email, MS Teams, Office Apps and much more!

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Create a portfolio of your own creative media outcomes through research, experimentation and production
  • Use software and skills to produce a range of outcomes in Animation, 3D Modelling, Photography, Graphic Design, Video Making and Digital Design
  • Work towards the achievement of Units of study which will accrue points for University application.
  • Work independently and in groups in an online environment on set projects to produce strong outcomes
  • Review options for your progression and practice a range of professional complementary skills, including management of own workflow
  • Produce work for critical audiences via exhibition and website building
  • Work confidently in an online learning environment using tools and techniques to present and give feedback

Class format and activities

Produce exciting work across the following disciplines: Digital Animation, Digital Image Manipulation and Output, Graphic Design; Digital Special Effects, Sound Production for Video, 3D Computer Modelling, Photography and Filmmaking. You will work to professional briefs and learn to brand yourself through digital portfolio-building and professional workflow practices. A key part of your daily work will be keeping a portfolio blog and social media presence to share your words and images as you develop your work. You will also devise and mount your own public exhibition and work on live briefs in partnership with professional organisations. Manageable project work will be assigned between and during classes to help you progress. The classes are informal and allow for question-and-answer sessions, technical advice and support depending on your needs. You will receive regular assessment and feedback on your progress. You will work as a class, in small break-out groups, in pairs and one-to-one with your tutor. All course material will be instantly accessible via the learning platform and the sessions may be recorded so that you may return to them later; this will only be done with group consent. Learners will be encouraged to use the class forums to engage with each other during the class and to support each other with project work between classes if required.

Entry requirements

In order to participate on this course, you must have an enthusiasm for Digital Media and Design. You must also present a portfolio of work for evaluation at interview. Please use the website to apply for an interview and we will be in touch to arrange one. Previous experience in drawing is helpful but not essential. If you are interested in developing a portfolio before completing an application, you can choose from a range of short courses in Photography, Digital Design, Animation and Filmmaking here at Morley College, London. Please see our website for the full range on offer.

What you need to know before you enrol

Your Access course will be very enjoyable, but also requires real dedication and commitment if you are going to succeed. Your course requires attendance of around two and a half days a week. Independent study time is also expected in order for you to succeed. The course runs from the beginning of September to the end of June. We endeavour to prepare students for the demands of a University degree course in just nine short months. It is therefore essential that you think about how you are going to balance work, family and social life with your studies. You will be expected to do regular work outside of class and sometimes contribute to group projects to hit deadlines. We strive to make the courses as stimulating as possible for everyone, but it does require hard-work and determination on your part.

What you need

You will ideally own a Digital SLR camera with the capacity to shoot video footage. You should have access to a quiet study space where you can concentrate, a powerful computer and good wi-fi connection. It is highly recommended that students have a computer of their own and also have the Adobe CC suite installed. As a student of Morley College you are entitled to a 66% discount on the cost of an Adobe CC complete software licence. Other essential kit includes an external memory drive of at least 1TB, sketchbooks and pens etc. You will be given a list of essential equipment at the beginning of the course and regular advice on essential equipment to support your creative work.

What you can do next

The natural progression from this course would be to the HNC/D in Creative Media production (Visual Effects) at Morley College or one of the BA undergraduate study programmes at LCC. As we are working in partnership with LCC on this course, we can guarantee an interview for every student that wants to apply there. Alternatively, the Access qualification will enable you to gain enough UCAS points to apply for Higher Education courses at other Universities and Colleges, as well as specialised short course programmes. An Access to HE qualification can also open up employment opportunities. If you decide you want to go directly into work or an apprenticeships, we can help you. This qualification can help you gain employment in the following subject areas: Photography, Animation, Film and Broadcasting, Graphic Design, Print Production, Media Studies, Computer Modelling,VFX and Games Design


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  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free, or via a Student Loan